Social media calls for the vindication of two brothers and their friend who fatally beat their stepfather with brass knuckles for sexually abusing their sister.
Texas brothers Alejandro and Christian Trevino face a mountain of charges, and their friend, Juan Eduardo Melendez, who helped them orchestrate the killing of 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla.
Before his death, 18-year-old Alejandro and 17-year-old Christian confronted Quintanilla for molesting his 9-year-old daughter, who is their half-sister. A fight ensued, and Quintanilla attempted to flee on foot. Christian chased him down in a nearby apartment complex in Pharr, where he was assaulted again, this time with Alejandro and Melendez also beating him. The three teens left the location, switched cars, and drove back, where they discovered Quintanilla walking along the street, badly battered. They beat him up again and then loaded him in the back of a truck before dumping his body in the pasture. Authorities say he may have been alive when his body was discarded. A farmer discovered him on January 20th.
Police have confirmed that Quintanilla did have an active warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child at the time of his death. His daughter told her mother and brothers about Quintanilla touching her inappropriately.
Christian Trevino and Melendez have been charged with capital murder, aggravated assault, and engaging in organized criminal activity. Alejandro Trevino is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated assault.